June 1987
Vol. 17, Fasc. 2
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PalaeovertebrataVol. 17, Fasc. 2:27-42. 1987
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Palaeotis weigelti restudied : a small middle Eocene Ostrich (Aves : Struthioniformes)
Peter Houde and Hartmut Haubold
Keywords: Aves; Central Europe; Middle Eocene; Palaeotis; Struthioniformes

Cite this article: Houde P., Haubold H., 1987. Palaeotis weigelti restudied : a small middle Eocene Ostrich (Aves : Struthioniformes). Palaeovertebrata 17 (2): 27-42.


Palaeotis weigelti, from the Middle Eocene of central Europe, is a flightless, paleognathous bird. It appears to be a member of the ostrich lineage on the basis of trivial derived characters. It is a very primitive ratite, however, and does not possess any of the highly specialized cursorial adaptations that characterize the modern steppe -and savanna- dwelling ostriches. 

Published in Vol. 17, Fasc. 2 (1987)